Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children.
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NORTHFIELD - Savannah Ramirez of Litchfield and Ben Burgett of Community Christian, Willmar, were the top finishers from the Tribune coverage area Saturday morning at the Class A Cross-Country meet. Ramirez finished seventh in her third state meet dropping her time to under 15 minutes in the 4k for the first time. Burgett, a sophomore, placed 33rd in a field of 175 in the boys 5k. He chopped 30 seconds off his time of a year ago here. Perham won the boys team title placing 5 runners in the top 12 to defeat runner-up St.
ST. CLOUD -- The Wildcats head back to state where New London-Spicer won a championship in 2009 after a runner-up finish the year before. The Section 6AAA title game didn't come easy at Husky Stadium on a fine evening for football on the second day of November. The Wildcats, helped by four Tiger turnovers, whipped their old West Central Conference rivals from Morris/Chokio-Alberta 28-14. The Cats (6-4) knocked off an undefeated team rated among the top 5 in Class 3A. "That was fun," crowed one NLS offensive linemen as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
It's been 10 years since Willmar sent a girls cross country team to Northfield. In that time, the Cardinals boys raked in a pair of Class AA titles and a runner-up plaque in eight appearances. But this fall the boys missed by a little while the girls will run the 4,000-meters at St. Olaf College. If there are no changes from the section line-up, Willmar will be the youngest of 16 teams. Five eighth-graders will run with a sophomore and a senior starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Sophomore Samantha Hanson also would have qualified individually.
BELGRADE -- October has been a month of tragedy and triumph at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School. The community lost a beloved educator when Richard Vos died in a traffic accident on the morning of Oct. 16, a Tuesday.
By Rand Middleton email@example.com WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater volleyball team won't get a chance to defend its NJCAA Division III national championship after falling to Fergus Falls on Saturday in the Region 13A title game. Fergus Falls won 25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-10. The national tournament is Nov. 9-10 in Rochester, Minn. Ridgewater had its string of eight-straight nationals appearances halted.
ADRIAN -- The Montevideo Thunder Hawks cross-country teams qualified four individual at the Section 3A meet on Friday for next Saturday's Class A championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield . Ryan Maroney, Zac Enevoldsen and Joseph Varpness advance in the boys 5k run. after finishing in the top 8 individually, sans runners on the two team qualifiers.
NEW LONDON -- There was no one ahead, but Litchfield junior Savannah Ramirez flew to first place in the girls 4,000-meter run at the Section 6A meet on Thursday. A year ago she finished 14th at sections and failed to make state after going both her eighth- and ninth-grade year. She was all smiles after the race, even in the cutting north wind on an overcast 35-degree late afternoon.
WILLMAR -- Section Cross-Country is all or nothing. It is one day, one try. There's no second half, no comeback bracket, no last at bat, no overtime. The top two teams qualify for the state meet. Eight individuals, exclusive of the teams, also will advance. At Bemidji today, 15 schools will compete in the Section 8AA meet on the rolling hills of the Greenwood Golf Course. The goal is the state meet at Northfield on Nov. 3. In the 4,000-meter girls division, Monticello is considered the favorite. The Magic won the Class AA crown last year on the St.
WILLMAR -- If this is the 5A football playoffs ... uff da!! Bumped up the big-school level just below the new Super 32, the Cardinals got mugged on their own field Tuesday night. Feeling frisky after grinding through a 6A schedule, the Elk River Elks overpowered Willmar 51-28 at Hodapp Field with perhaps 700 on hand. The Elks (4-5) led 30-7 by intermission and 44-7 after three periods of the Section 6-5A quarterfinal. The Willmar defense seemed confused by the Elks' flashy execution.
Omar Cavazos, an eighth-grader at the middle school, is student manager of the Cardinals boys soccer team this fall. He had a great time helping the team at home games. "I'm so proud of my team for beating Marshall," he told me this week in a visit to his classroom. "I'm going to miss the games. What are we going to do? My team lost to Mankato." Willmar beat Marshall in overtime in a home game in the first round of section but lost to Mankato West in the quarterfinals in a road game. Special education teacher Jessica Figenskau has known Omar since second grade.